Numerous accidents Sunday on I-65

Published 3:10 pm Monday, January 10, 2011

Clanton streets held up pretty well during Sunday’s winter weather; however, Interstate 65 didn’t have the same luck, according to Police Chief Brian Stilwell.

Starting around 5 p.m. Sunday, Clanton Police worked more than 20 wrecks or cars off the road along I-65.

Most of the accidents occurred on the bridge at the 209-mile marker in both the north and southbound lanes.

“Most of the accidents occurred around 5 p.m. when the weather started coming in — officers would be out working one accident and would see other cars lose control coming across the bridge and wreck,” Stilwell said.

Only a couple of minor injuries were reported. Those accidents happened within the city limits of Clanton; Stilwell said there were many more in other parts of Chilton County.

Clanton officers also assisted Chilton County Sheriff’s deputies and Alabama State Troopers with several accidents at the 214-mile marker bridge and near the rest stop areas.

Stilwell said Clanton experienced no major problems on city streets Sunday night or early Monday.

“The city street crews did a good job of keeping the bridges in the city limits covered with sand, and the city streets never completely froze over other than a few isolated spots,” he said.

Officers know the situation could have been a lot worse.

“We had extra officers out working and were as prepared as we could be, but I was glad to see we didn’t get the type weather other parts of our state received,” Stilwell said.